Role-induced bias in criminal prosecutions
Résumé There are two main models of criminal prosecution in the western world. One tasks an independent magistrate (the examining judge) with the duty of conducting the investigation of a given case and transferring all evidence collected to the parties and the trial court. The other vests the prosecution with the task of conducting the investigation before representing the accusation in court. In 2011, a new code of criminal procedure entered into force in Switzerland, forcing most Swiss cantons to transition from the first model to the second. We investigate whether the change in the person conducting the investigation (from examining judge to prosecutor) could introduce or exacerbate bias against or in favor of the defendant. Through an empirical study carried out with students, we tried to determine whether this change might affect the fairness of the proceedings. We contend that the rights of the defense are better safeguarded in the first model than in the second, even if the contrast is not as stark as was initially predicted.
Mots-clés Criminal procedure
examining judge
fair trial
rights of the defense
wrongful convictions
Citation Egli Anthonioz Nicole et al., Role-induced bias in criminal prosecutions, European Journal of Criminlogy, vol. 16, no 4, 2018, p. 452-465.
Type Article de périodique (Anglais)
Date de publication 14-5-2018
Nom du périodique European Journal of Criminlogy
Volume 16
Numéro 4
Pages 452-465
URL https://doi.org/10.1177/1477370818772772
Liée au projet Role-induced bias in criminal prosecutions in Switzerland